Partnership is a key element to what makes our community here at CLA thrive. Families have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and the administration within several areas of partnership to help make teaching and discipling their student a success. In order to equip parents as they engage in our unique school model, CLA provides support, training and discipleship opportunities beginning in late summer and throughout the school year.
This is a full-day, required event for all new CLA parents and typically takes place the week before school begins in early August. Topics covered include:
how to successfully transition to a University-Model® School,
the basics of home study and time management,
a brief review of policies and procedures,
and a question and answer session.
There is also time for breakout groups to discuss the parent required reading and to meet the members of your small group connection team.
In order to ensure that our co-teaching parents are prepared to partner with our campus teachers to teach the curriculum we employ at CLA with excellence, we offer training to our parents at the beginning of the school year. Parents are required to take part in training for any curriculum they will be teaching for the first time, but may also participate in any training they would like to learn more about or that they would like to be refreshed on.
Town Hall / Coffee and Curriculum
Twice year in October and in March, The Administrators and The Board of Directors engage the Commission community in a Town Hall conversation surrounding one main question: "How can we better serve you and your family at Commission?" During this program parents and teachers have opportunity to collaborate with one another and discuss curriculum such as projects, new units and specific initiatives.
State Of Commission
Once a year in January, The Administration communicates our annual report to the community in an assembly type meeting called The State of Commission Address.
Opportunities exist throughout the year for parents to receive practical training in subjects related to academics, parenting, and life skills.
In order to make the most of our educational partnership and to grow and challenge one another as leaders and disciple-makers of our children . . . parents, teachers and administrators at Commission engage in conversation surrounding a required reading at the beginning of each school year. Some required readings from previous school years...
Free to Parent, by Ellen Schuknecht and Erin MacPherson
Sticky Faith, by Kara Powell
Mindset, by Carol Dweck
The Five Love Languages of Children, by Gary Chapman
The Power of a Praying Parent, by Stormie Omartian
In addition to offering a rich, wholesome academic experience, one of Commission’s primary objectives as a University-Model® School is to affirm, encourage, and equip parents in their God-given roles and responsibilities and to provide a culture where there is more time to impart their faith and values to their children. Through our various family ministry opportunities, CLA parents are able to engage in Christian community while receiving practical training and support for both shepherding the hearts of their children and preparing them academically to excel in school and beyond.